Raphael Varane stars as France defeat Poland within the 2022 World Cup final 16

With 20 minutes on the clock, Robert Lewandowski reminded France that they have been in a aggressive contest, selecting the ball up on the sting of the field and firing a fierce shot together with his left foot which screamed previous the publish.

On the half-hour, when Poland appeared to have taken the sting out of Les Bleus, Przemyslaw Frankowski’s wayward move gifted a possibility to the World Cup holders. Griezmann latched onto the miscue earlier than feeding Dembele down the best, however when the Barcelona winger despatched a strong low ball to a stretching Giroud on the again publish, the striker sliced his effort large.

Regardless of France’s stress, Poland got here agonisingly shut to creating it 1-0 as half-time approached, with Lloris saving expertly from Piotr Zielinski’s close-range shot, earlier than Varane reacted brilliantly to dam the follow-up on the road and preserve the rating stage.

Moments later, Deschamps’s aspect took the lead when Mbappe discovered Giroud within the field and the striker completed clinically, making him France’s undisputed all-time high scorer with 52 targets, surpassing Thierry Henry’s tally of 51.